Celebrating self-expression as a basic human right essential for the

healthy growth of youth, individuals and communities


Stephen H. Baird, Founder and Executive Director

PO Box 300112, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

Telephone: 617-522-3407



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Photo-Journalism Project

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Legal Court Citations

Model Regulations

Sidewalk Democracy: Regulation of Public Space

The Malling of America: The Selling of America's Public Parks and Streets

India's Street and Transit Music

Avenues of Self Expression

Code of Ethics

Amplification Ethics

Subway Transit Artists

Women Street Performers and Sexual Safety

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Spokane Legal Battle Won November 24, 2008

Wilmington, North Carolina, Law and Enforcement Practices Ruled Unconstitutional November 3, 2008

Boston Crack Down on Street Performers and Artists August 2008

MBTA-Radio Threatens Subway Performances Oct 2007

Jakarta, Indonesia bans donations to buskers September 2007

Kansas City Council attempts to ban street performances February 2007

The History and Cultural Impact

of Street Performing in America

by Stephen Baird Stephen Baird 2009

This page written and designed by Molly Hagan

The following little historical references are just a glimpse of the depth and breadth of the creative spirit of the human race that blossoms on the street corners, market places, subway platforms and any other place people gather.

Wilmington Legal Battle 2008-2009

Peter Barbeau is a saxophone player who performs and busks on the streets of Wilmington, North Carolina.  Almost immediately after moving to Wilmington in March of 2008, Peter  found himself battling the city laws associated with busking. A summary of his legal battle is as follows:
The following are links to PDF files of the proposed Wilmington City ordinances:
For more information about Peter Barbeau or to contact him please visit his website:


Street Arts and Buskers Advocates

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